UPDATE: See PDiddie's comment below. Rep. Middleton has withdrawn HB 4416 from the current session, but she may reintroduce it in 2021 if re-elected next November. Still, we'll leave this entry up as a reminder of the obstacles that minor parties still face in Texas.
No, that headline is not an exaggeration. The Republicans attack with vote suppression; the Democrats with limiting ballot access. Oddly enough, the author of the democracy-killing mini-bill we're discussing today is Geanie Morrison, an 11-term Republican from Victoria.
One silver lining to this unemployment is that it's easier to call legislators' offices during business hours. I seldom make those calls, preferring to work by email or through one of the "clicktivism" mailing lists I'm on. Today, I called my state representative, Shawn Thierry of HD146, to express my strong opposition to House Bill 4416. If you're neither D nor R, I advise you to do the same ASAP; the session ends in three weeks.
Here is where you can look up your representative's contact information.
The text of HB 4416 is short and not-so-sweet:
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
It does not amend Subsection (a), which stipulates that, in order to get on the ballot in the first place, convention parties like the Greens and Libertarians must submit a list of precinct convention attendees totaling 1% of the vote-count in the last gubernatorial election. They hardly need to modify Subsection (a), since the number of votes cast governor jumped from 4.7 million in 2014 to more that 8.3 million in 2018.
At least one Houston Chronicle reporter and at least one editor forgot that Ed Emmett still had an opponent when Ahmad Hassan dropped out of the race. They forgot to check with the County Clerk's office. But then, the County Clerk's website didn't even have the candidates for the November election up yet. They were still concerned with a special election that just happened.
The weekly San Antonio Current seems to have forgotten that incumbent Democrat Mike Villarreal has Green opposition in the race for his seat in the Texas House. Somebody must have alerted them, because the Current made up for its lack of due diligence by running this short interview with Dr. Paul Ingmundson.
This is one Dr. Paul I think I could vote for, if I lived in that part of San Antonio—unlike, say Dr. Ron Paul or Dr. Rand Paul. At the very least, I might patronize him for help with my sleep disorders.
If you're curious where District 123 is, it's mostly the north side of San Antonio, as well as the downtown area. Here's DistrictViewer, a cool little map-app that shows the boundaries of all Texas Congressional, State House, State Senate, and State Board of Education districts.
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